Ballina native David Cawley has been released by Sligo Rovers.

The club captain, one of Rovers’ highest appearance makers, has released a statement on social media in response to the decision.

He writes:

“Today I was informed that unfortunately I have played my last game for Sligo Rovers.

“I’m disappointed as this is not the way I had wanted it to end as I feel I still had more to give, but that’s out of my control and I have to try and accept the manager’s decision.

“It was an honour to captain the club for so long, I’ve always tried to set an example by working hard and training hard, giving nothing less than 100% when I crossed that white line.

“This is a special club and you the supporters and volunteers are the heartbeat.

“I want to thank you all.

“I wish the club all the best in the future and I will always have happy memories of my years here.”

Cawley played alongside manager John Russell when Sligo Rovers won the League of Ireland Premier Division in 2012.

He becomes the third Mayo native to be released by Rovers this week, following Belmullet’s Gary Boylan and Kilkelly’s Mark Byrne.

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